Social Auditing is effective Anti-Corruption Mechanism – NCCE

By
Anthony Apubeo, GNA

Namoo (UE), April 3,
GNA – Ms Alice Ndego, the Bongo District Director of the National Commission
for Civic Education (NCCE), has recommended social auditing as an effective
anti-corruption enhancing mechanism to promote good governance and sustainable
development.

She said social
auditing, which employed the participatory approach, empowers the citizens and
Civil society Organizations to demand accountability in the execution of public
projects and the management of public resources.

This, she stated, would
create community ownership of capital projects, increase their awareness in
local governance, and thereby put duty bearers on their toes to deliver
effectively and ensure transparency.

The District Director
made the disclosure during a community engagement on social auditing organized
by the NCCE at Namoo in the Bongo District of the Upper East Region.

The programme, which
brought together stakeholders and the residents including Persons With
Disabilities as well as traditional leaders, was to educate and sensitize them
on their rights to demand accountability from their leaders to ensure good
governance.

The event was on the
theme, “Citizens for transparency and accountability.”

The District Director
indicated that the objective for advocating social auditing was to promote good
governance in Ghana by reducing corruption and improving on accountability and
complying with the rule of law.

“It rests on the
premise that when government officials are watched and monitored, they feel
greater pressure to respond to their constituents’ demands and have fewer
incentives to abuse their power,” she stressed.

“It is based on the
premise that citizens want and have the right to know what the government does,
how it does it, how it impacts on them and that the government has the
obligation to account and be transparent to the citizens.”

Mr Andrews Nsobila,
the Assemblyman for the Namoo Electoral Area, lauded the efforts of the NCCE
for deepening democracy in the area and said it was in line with the Local
Governance Act of 2016, Act 936 to bring governance to the doorsteps of the
people.

He said in order for
the social auditing to be an effective tool for development, central government
needed to make a paradigm shift from awarding contracts of project meant for
the communities directly from the top to giving the power to the local
government authorities.

He said this would
ensure that the District Assemblies had the oversight responsibility to
supervise the projects adding that this would make the contractors deliver effectively.

Naba Alagtaaba
Bingpeelom, the Chief of the Namoo Community admonished his subjects to see
social auditing as a tool that should be used for effective development of the
area and not a political tool for partisan gains.

GNA 

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